New Cruises in 2015 and 2016..
29 January 2015
We've just been confirmed for part of a really exciting cruise in August 2015 on board Boudicca for Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. "Voyage to the Arctic" departs from Newcastle on 2nd August, and visits Ålesund and Trondheim in Norway before crossing the Arctic Circle, cruising past the Svartisen Glacier, then calling at Tromsø and then Honninsvåg for the North Cape. She continues on to Longyearbyen in Svalbard, passing Bear Island en route. She then heads westwards, past Jan Mayen Island, to Akureyri and Reykjavik in Iceland where we disembark the ship, which then carries on to visit three ports in Greenland before returning, via Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, to Newcastle on 29th August. Full details are on our Cruise Bookings page. A few last cabins may still be available for this cruise, which was previously advertised as fully booked (with a repeat cruise already being offered for summer 2016).
Subject to contract, we also have provisionally bookings for two further cruises. On 15th - 27th June 2015, we have been asked to do a cruise called "Iceland & The Northern Isles" on MV Azores for Cruise and Maritime Voyages, sailing from Hull and visiting Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, 5 ports in Iceland including a circumnavigation of Surtsey, plus Shetland and Orkney. Full details later when the booking is confirmed.
Looking forward to May 2016, we have been invited by Voyages of Discovery onto a super cruise to the Azores and Madeira, including Porto Santo. That sails from Portsmouth on MV Voyager. Full details later.
Withdrawal from "Cape to Canaries"..
30 December 2014
With great regret, we have had to back out of our engagement as guest speakers on a wonderful cruise leaving Cape Town on 30th January 2105 on board our favourite ship "Voyager" because Sue has to go into hospital for an operation in January and I want to be at home to make sure she rests. A new speaker will be appointed to replace us, but we very much regret not being able to join this cruise which has been sold out almost since it was first advertised. We will be back on "Voyager" in May on a cruise of the southern fjords of Norway, full details of which are on my CRUISE BOOKINGS page.
Voyage to Australia..
21 August 2014
We have just had confirmation of a booking on an amazing cruise on board the elegant small cruise ship Astor for Cruise & Maritime Voyages, with whom we work regularly. SOUTH-BOUND VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA (cruise code A501) departs London Tilbury on 5th November and arrives in Freemantle, Australia, 38 nights later on 13th December. Stops on the way will include Le Havre in France, Lisbon, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Porto Grande in the Cape Verde Islands, Georgetown on Ascension, Jamestown on St Helena, Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Durban in South Africa, Pointe de Galets on the island of Reunion and Port Louis on Mauritius. Go to my CRUISE BOOKINGS page for more on this cruise, and a link to the CMV website for bookings (and currently some very tempting special offers).
Round Britain in May 2014..
16 April 2014
In May 2014, I had the pleasure of accepting a late booking for a really unusual cruise on board Saga Sapphire, called "Coastal Voyager". In 5 days (6 nights), we sailed (almost) non-stop journey around the island of Britain from Dover to Dover anti-clockwise, a total of some 1,622 nautical miles, which was a very special experience. It was slightly more eventful than planned, when a fire in the switch room required the ship to anchor off Tobermory for several hours while the fire was brought under control and the generators were tested out then safely brought back online. This was handled with supreme professionalism by the Captain and all of the crew, although it did necessitate some subsequent changes of plan as we were brought back onto schedule. Some nice sightings of dolphins and even a close sailby by a basking shark were amongst the highlights of the trip.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises..
21 February 2014
We are excited to have been appointed as speakers on four amazing trips by the American company Regent Seven Seas Cruises in the second half of 2015. Michael will lead as 'Enhancement Speaker', with Sue offering additional talks on marine life. One trip is up to the Arctic, including a first visited to Arctic Russia for us, and the other three are down and round the coast of Africa then across to Rio via St Helena (full details are on the Cruise Bookings page).
The cruise ships involved are stunningly appointed and the package the company offers is excellent (complete with a superb range of shore excursions, most of which are included within the cruise fare). We look forward to making many new friends on these trips - and hope we might catch up with some old friends too!
Another 2015 cruise confirmed..
06 February 2014
It is always nice to cruise around the Norwegian fjords, and we always enjoy working for Voyages of Discovery on board "Voyager", one of our favourite ships, so it is nice to bring the two together for a cruise to the Southern Fjords, sailing from the 15th - 25th May 2015, starting and ending in Harwick. The ports of call are Bergen, Olden, Ålesund, Flåm, Oslo, and Kristiansand. It should be a lovely time of year in the fjords. That will be our second cruise of the year on "Voyager", after the sell-out Cape to Canaries cruise from 30th January to 20th February.